English and Literacy

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

We strive to choose enaging topics for our KS3 students to promote a love of the subject, and to idenitfy the use of English a medium of expression throughout the ages. GCSE exam skills are embedded from the beginning of Year 7 and are incorporated throughout KS3 for consolidation in KS4.

Year 7 Units

All About Me - Autobiographical and Biographical Writing

  • Roald Dahl
  • WW2 and Holocaust Survivors (Writing Focus)
  • The Shakespeare Project - Introduction to Shakespeare
  • The Chocolate Project and Advertising
  • Novel Study

Year 8 Units

  • Celebrating Culture - Language Focus
  • The Civil Rights Movement - Speech and contemporary literature
  • Protest Poetry
  • Dystopia
  • Animal Farm
  • Romeo and Juliet

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

GCSE Syllabus

AQA English Language Paper 1 - Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Section A: Reading

one literature fiction text


Section B: Writing

descriptive or narrative writing


AQA English Language Paper 2 - Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives

Section A: Reading

one non-fiction text and on literary non-fiction text


Section B: Writing

writing to present a viewpoint


Non-exam Assessment: Spoken Language

What's assessed



responding to questions and feedback

use of Standard English


AQA English Literature Paper 1 - Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel

Section A: Much Ado About Nothing

Section B: Pride and Prejudice

AQA English Literature Paper 2 - Modern texts and poetry

Section A: An Inspector Calls 

Section B: Poetry - 'Love and Relationships'

Section C: Unseen Poetry

A Level

OCR A Level English Literature

Component 1 - Drama and Poetry pre-1900

Section 1 - Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Section 2 - A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen and Christina Rossetti's poetry comparison

Component 2 - Comparative and Contextual Study

Section 1 - unseen dystopian extract analysis

Section 2 - comparative analysis of dystopian novels, including one of either George Orwell's '1984' and Margaret Atwood's 'A Handmaid's Tale'

Component 3 - non-exam assessment

close reading and comparative essay

NEA1 - close reading of extracts from Tennessee Williams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

NEA2 - comparative analysis of Jean Rhys' 'Wide Sargasso Sea' and Carol Ann Duffy's 'Feminine Gospels'


AQA A Level English Language and Literature

Component 1 - Telling Stories 

Section A - Remembered Places - the representation of place in an anthology of non-fiction texts about Paris

Section B - Imagined Worlds - point of view and fantasy genre in Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'

Section C - Poetic Voices - the forms and functions of poetic voice in Carol Ann Duffy's 'Mean Time'

Component 2 - Exploring Conflict

Section Ai - Writing about Society in Khaled Hosseini's 'The Kite Runner'

Section Aii - Writing about Society - a commentary on a recast based on Khaled Hosseini's 'The Kite Runner'

Section B - Dramatic Encounters - conflict in Arthur Miller's 'All My Sons'

Component 3 - non-exam assessment - Making Connections

Investigation on a chosen theme and texts

Beyond the Classroom


The English Department frequently take students on Theatre trips, including the 2018 trip with Year 12 and 13 literature students to Hackney Empire to watch Hamlet, and the Year 11 trip to watch An Inspector Calls at the Playhouse Theatre

They also take trips to conferences on set sets for KS4 and KS5


KS3 Creative Writing Club runs on a Monday

KS3 English Clinic runs on a Tuesday

KS4 English Matters support session runs on a Friday

KS4 Aiming High sessions run on a Thursday

KS5 Café runs on a Thursday

Competitions and Events

National Flash Theatre Fiction Competition for sixth formers

Spelling Bee for KS3 students

Readathon for Years 7-9

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Competition - Evie Collins in Year 10 won in 2018!

Jack Petchey Speak-Out Challenge - Year 10 - Erin Stoner won the national final in 2018!


 Members of the English department set homework in accordance with the homework timetable for each year group.

Subject    Year 7     Year 8    Year 9
English    2 x 20 mins 2 x 25 mins 2x 30mins
Subject     Year 10  Year 11
Double courses (English and Science)  2 hrs   2 hrs
Full courses   1 hr 1 hr


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